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Southwest France: Bordeaux and the Perigord

Savor history as you enjoy oenologist-led lectures, gastronomic heritage, ancient villages and prehistoric cave paintings in the timeless regions of Southwest France.
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Program No. 14253RJ
Length
14 days
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3,999
Flights start at
900
France

Southwest France: Bordeaux and the Perigord

Savor history as you enjoy oenologist-led lectures, gastronomic heritage, ancient villages and prehistoric cave paintings in the timeless regions of Southwest France.
Length
14 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
900
Program No. 14253 RJ
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Apr 14 - Apr 27, 2022
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Apr 21 - May 4, 2022
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May 5 - May 18, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
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Apr 14 - Apr 27, 2022
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4,799
Apr 21 - May 4, 2022
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4,799
May 5 - May 18, 2022
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4,799
May 12 - May 25, 2022
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May 19 - Jun 1, 2022
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Aug 25 - Sep 7, 2022
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Sep 8 - Sep 21, 2022
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Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2022
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Sep 29 - Oct 12, 2022
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Oct 6 - Oct 19, 2022
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Oct 13 - Oct 26, 2022
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4,799

At a Glance

Romans of the fourth century tilled the soils around Saint-Emilion and began growing grapes. Today, the region ranks among the world’s foremost red wine producers. From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Southwest France resonates with the marvelous consequences of long-ago choices. Discover the Bordeaux wineries with Roman roots, the Dordogne and the living museum town of Sarlat.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking on uneven ground and cobblestones. Stairs sometimes without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the Dordogne Valley and the prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Lascaux IV.
  • Examine a complete retrospective of the works of Toulouse-Lautrec at the museum dedicated to him in Albi.
  • Discover each region’s unique cultural, gastronomic and wine heritage in the Perigord and Bordeaux.
Featured Expert
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Libby Chandler
Libby Chandler lives in the southwest county of Devon in the United Kingdom, across the English Channel from the Normandy Beaches. At the age of 22, she moved to France to live in the Alps and polish her French for several years. Libby is an addicted traveler with a lust for learning, spending her time in France and across Europe. Leading groups since 1994, she works as a freelance group manager for educational organizations and in the Himalayan mountains during the winter.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Libby Chandler lives in the southwest county of Devon in the United Kingdom, across the English Channel from the Normandy Beaches. At the age of 22, she moved to France to live in the Alps and polish her French for several years. Libby is an addicted traveler with a lust for learning, spending her time in France and across Europe. Leading groups since 1994, she works as a freelance group manager for educational organizations and in the Himalayan mountains during the winter.
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Laurent Guariglia, born and raised in France, loved travel from the age of 10. He studied tourism and English and has been a professional-officially-licensed Paris guide and tour director for 35 years. He has visited many countries including the U.S, Canada, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, China, Japan, Thailand, and Brazil. His expertise include 17th & 18th Century Europe, Impressionism, medieval stained glass, and sculpture. An enthusiastic history buff, Laurent’s wide range of interests include reading, movies, food and wine, and antiques.
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Reuben White View biography
Reuben White is a traveler, explorer, and group leader who has lead groups in Paris and across France for more than 20 years. He is from near the Pont du Gard in the south of France, where he grew up swimming beneath the arches of the ancient aqueduct and working on the family vineyard. Reuben especially enjoys leading groups in Provence and Languedoc where he can share his local insights and childhood stories. His interests include architecture and languages.
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My Life in France
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Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites
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The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
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Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
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South-West France: The Wines and Winemakers
by Paul Strang
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Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea
by Thomas Parker
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F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.
French Wine: A History
by Rod Phillips
French Wine is the first synthetic history of wine in France: from Etruscan, Greek, and Roman imports and the adoption of wine by beer-drinking Gauls to its present status within the global marketplace. Rod Phillips places the history of grape growing and winemaking in each of the country’s major regions within broad historical and cultural contexts.
Camembert: A National Myth
by Pierre Boisard
Camembert - delectably fragrant, creamy-centered, neatly boxed - is the most popular and most famous French cheese. Originally made by hand in the Norman countryside, it is now mass-produced internationally, yet Camembert remains a national symbol for France, emblematic of its cultural identity. In this witty and entertaining book, Pierre Boisard investigates the history of Camembert and its legend.
Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings
by Amy Kelly
A spirited, meticulously researched chronicle that recreates the life and world of Eleanor of Aquitaine in 12th-century Europe. A Harvard University Press Classic, first published in 1950.





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